Former Nebraska quarterback Tanner Lee arrived at the Senior Bowl feeling ready for whatever he would see.
And NFL ready, thanks to what he saw during his two years at NU and two seasons with Tulane.
"At Tulane, a big reason I went there was because we were running the Saints offense," Lee said Tuesday when meeting with reporters in Mobile, Alabama. "It was, to a T, being asked to do the same things Drew Brees was doing. And that was extremely attractive to me."
Lee transferred to Nebraska after a Tulane coaching change, sat out 2016 as a redshirt and then threw for 3,143 yards last season, with 23 touchdowns and 16 interceptions. His time at Tulane, he said, led to him picking up the Huskers' system rather seamlessly.
"I was able to really grow comfortable in Mike Riley's offense, learn a whole scheme — same concepts but just different terminology of things — and it's really helped me in the long run," he said.
Lee joined fellow North quarterbacks Baker Mayfield, Josh Allen and Luke Falk as Senior Bowl practices began Tuesday, and said he felt "extremely comfortable with what we're running this week." Lee got his Senior Bowl invite last week after Mason Rudolph was a late scratch due to injury.
The North is being directed this week by Denver Broncos coach Vance Joseph and his staff.
The 6-foot-4, 218-pound Lee said he had discussions with Scott Frost, who replaced Riley as head coach last month, before deciding to declare for the NFL draft and forgo his final year of eligibility.
"At the time I didn't really know what I wanted to do," he said. "Coach Frost was extremely helpful in making that decision. He let me know that Nebraska was behind me 100 percent, either way."
Lee, from Destrehan, Louisiana, told the Baton Rouge Advocate he felt comfortable betting on himself in the draft rather than transferring a second time or staying in Frost's scheme.
"Part of the decision was whatever offense they run (at NU) may or may not fit my skill set, which I think is ready for the NFL," Lee said. "The NFL and my skill set are aligned, and I was just ready to take that step."